JAMMU, JAN 10: Minister for Health and Medical Education Bali Bhagat today informed the house that government has conceded maximum demands of the NHM employees, even as their demand for regularisation of services is being looked into.
He said a four member committee constituted by the government to look into the demands of the National Health Mission (NHM) has presented its report and its recommendations are under consideration of the government.
He said the committee was constituted in September last year and the panel has presented a detailed report about the strength of NHM employees, financial implication on their regularization and other issues. The Minister was responding to the concern expressed by legislators Satpal Sharma, Er Abdul Rasheed, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Yawar Ahmad Mir, Rajiv Jasrotia, R S Pathania and M Y Tarigami over the problems being faced by the patients due to prolonged strike of medicos and paramedics engaged under NHM.
Elaborating further, the Minister said that in its report the committee has put the number of NHM employees at 8402 and their regularization in one go would have a financial implication of Rs 224 crore on the state exchequer.
Minister said the committee has recommended for phased regularization of the employees starting with 1020 employees which would involve financial implication of Rs 27.41 crore. He said government is considering the recommendations of the committee.
However, the Minister said that the government has met several other demands of the NHM employees. He said that earlier 3 months maternity leave was granted in favour of the female employees without salary, but now they avail the leave along with the perks. He said they are also entitled to EPF, Accidental insurance and other incentives.
The Minister praised the contribution and dedication of NHM employees and appealed them to resume their duty. He said that their genuine demands are already under the consideration of the government.
Minister for Health and Medical Education, Bali Bhagat today said that no death has been reported in the Kashmir division so far due to Hepatitis-B.
The Minister was responding to a Calling Attention Motion moved by MLC Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo.
The Minister further said that the 2 deaths have been reported in Jammu division so far and the documentation process is going on in this regard to authenticate it. He said in the past, the epidemic of Hepatitis-B broke out in two villages of Kashmir Province in Kokernag area adjacent to the Warwan valley, namely Takiya Magam and Sundbrari due to unsafe injection practices.
The Minister said that the whole population of this belt has been screened by the Health Department and 2,034 persons have been registered for treatment of Hepatitis-B.
He said out of these persons, 928 persons have been treated with latest drug regimen free of cost. However, he added that it is likely that old cases of Warwan would have contracted the Hepatitis-B virus through unsafe practices and thus it was decided to vaccinate them as a precautionary measure.
Regarding the incidents of Hepatitis-B reported in Kishtwar, the Minister informed that a team of doctors was sent to the area on December 19, 2017 to investigate the cases of Hepatitis-B.
He informed that during the investigation, the medical team observed that there were 27 cases of Hepatitis-B having rapid test positive and confirmed by ELJSA test as per the record available in NTPHC Inshan. Also there were 7 cases of Hepatitis-B who were tested positive by Rapid Test detected by Medical Team, he added.
MLC Firdous Ahmad Tak also raised supplementary question and demanded proper treatment to get rid from this epidemic and also appealed to ensure the medical aid should reach out to the people through chopper to save their lives. Responding to this, the Minister ensured that proper medical team with medicare facility would be sent to the area and all the societal heads will be included to raise the awareness among masses.
Jammu airport to function till 9 PM
Jammu, Jan 19: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to extend the watch hours’ upto 9:00 PM at the Jammu Airport.
In a communication to the State Government, AAI has conveyed that it is ready to handle extended ‘watch hours’ operations at Jammu Airport. As and when the airlines submit their flight schedule, AAI will permit these operations.
The extension in the watch hours’ will enable flights to take off and land at the Jammu Airport during the late evening hours thereby increasing the number of flights moving in and out from Jammu.
Presently, the run way watch hours’ for the flights operating at the Airport are from 8 AM to 5 PM.
This decision will provide the much needed boost to various sectors particularly tourism and pilgrims to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi.
The State Government has been repeatedly requesting the Central Government, Ministry of Defence and AAI to extend the watch hours’ at the Srinagar and Jammu Airports to enable late evening flights for the convenience of passengers/tourists.
Principal Secretary, Civil Aviation Department has been asked to liaise with Airport Authorities, security agencies and airlines to work out the modalities for commencement of evening flights from/to Jammu.
Rajouri man killed in Saudi two weeks back, family demands MEA to help bring body home
Rajouri: A 44-year-old man from Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir was killed after being hit with some sharp object in Saudi Arabia, his family said on Saturday.
The poor family has no means to bring the body back home and urged the government of India through Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to see that the body is brought to Rajouri for last rites. “We came to know that the body is lying there in a mortuary since the last couple of weeks”.
“Mohammad Khalil Mirza (44) son of Haji Mohammad Azam Mirza of Malhut, Darhal, Rajouri was killed after being hit by some persons with a sharp object at Amaan area of Riyadh where he was working as a labourer,” Mohammad Amin Mirza, brother of the deceased said.
He said that the family lost contact with Khalil from December 22, last month and despite best efforts, the family was unable to find his whereabouts.
“Yesterday a person from Pakistan administered Kashmir called us and informed that Khalil Mirza’s body is lying in a mortuary and he his body was found with an injury in his head,” Amin said.
“We are very poor and we request the government of India especially Minister of external affairs to ensure that body is brought to Rajouri for last rites,” Amin said.
The family also demanded proper investigations and stern punishment to those responsible for his death and provide due compensation to them.
PM Modi failed to fulfill promises made to people: IYC
Srinagar, Jan 19: National president, Indian Youth Congress (IYC) Keshav Chand Yadav on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra modi has failed to fulfill the promises, he made with the people.
Addressing media persons at JKPCC headquarters on the sidelines of a function organized in connection with Yuwa Kranti Yatra, he said that Narender Modi has done a big mischief in the Rafale deal.
In connivance with Anil Ambani, Modiji has misled people, he said, adding that most of the centrally sponsored schemes have seen misdoings.
He said Modi’s promise of providing jobs to youth in the country has proved to be a mere rhetoric.
“The youth of the country are asking questions for when is Modi going to provide them jobs? The elections are coming nearer, he has limited time. He has assured the country that he would be creating 2 crore jobs for the youth during his tenure,” Keshav said.
Raising concern over farmer suicides, he said that Modi government has been waiving off the loans of industrialists only.
‘The inflation is on rise. People have been suffering. The loans of farmers have not been waived off. They continue to suffer. The prices of petroleum products at the international level were decreased but here, the prices remained unchanged,” he said.
Among others, vice president, IYC Srinivas B Venkatesh and leaders of youth congress were also present.